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Brief ramblings on the nuance of DDO

9/2/2013 7:07:49 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
Nuance, irony, satire, and the rest of the modern sociocultural "markers" that make TV shows like Breaking Bad, etc. are equally a part of the DDO community. Certain behaviors like copying the post of another, in the interest of the aforementioned three, are not meant by those who do the copying, as slights on the individuals who posted the original thread which served as inspiration. It is for no more than "teh lulz" that a "conservatives only" thread can be met with more than seven other "[x] only" threads.

And yet, when a thread is copied, the thread's being copied is nevertheless significant -not only because of what that means for the thread which served as inspiration, but of the milieu, the social environment, in which the thread is posted. If a post is satirized, it is worthy of satire -which is to say that it is not sacred, that it can be mocked, and that we can enjoy that as a community without hurt feelings. Satire is not personal, nor is it meant to be: it is meant to convey a point in a way that is nonthreatening. It is both a breath of fresh air for the community in which it takes place, as much as it is a reminder of what that community holds dear.

As such, it should come as no surprise that a thread, predicated upon isolating both those who hold views of a certain kind, is followed with other threads which purport to do the same thing -not because it is the purpose of subsequent posters to belittle the individual who posted the initial thread -but at once to show the thread for what it is, and to highlight its lack of "meshing" with the general community in which it was placed. What follows, then, is the hope that by my stating -as I seem to do, more often than not- what is profoundly obvious to everyone else here, that we can return to doing the things we enjoy: DDO stuff.
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9/2/2013 7:31:14 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
well said YYW well said
Epsilon: There are so many stories where some brave hero decides to give their life to save the day, and because of their sacrifice, the good guys win, the survivors all cheer, and everybody lives happily ever after. But the hero... never gets to see that ending. They'll never know if their sacrifice actually made a difference. They'll never know if the day was really saved. In the end, they just have to have faith.

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